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    TEACH YOUR NIGHT-CLUB SINGERS WELL

    Upon moving to the Denver area from Washington, D.C., two years ago, vocalist/ composer/keyboardist Rekha Ohal suffered the usual setbacks while establishing herself on the local music scene. But rather than sitting home and feeling sorry for herself...

    by Linda Gruno on January 17, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Tim O'Brien, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 19, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a local boy who continues to make his mark beyond this locality: His current press material includes heartfelt testimonials about his abilities by Mary Chapin Carpen...

    by Michael Roberts on January 17, 1996
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    PLAYLIST

    Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks Orange Crate Art (Warner Bros.) Part two of Brian Wilson's latest comeback can't help but fall short of the expectations it raises. That's no surprise: The surviving fragments of Smile, the unreleased 1967 Beach Bo...

    by Susan Dunlap on January 10, 1996
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    WHAT A DISH

    According to lead singer J.R. Richards, Santa Barbara-based Dishwalla wouldn't be where it is today without the inspiration of a certain poofy-haired pianist and his dead sister--otherwise known as Richard and Karen Carpenter. "I'm honest to God ...

    by Joshua Green on January 10, 1996
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    ALL IN THE FAMILY - PEPPERMENT SHINES WITH ALL THE COLORS OF THE RAINBOW.

    On a late December night at the Mercury Cafe, a dozen or so people wander on and off the stage. Some fiddle with various instruments--guitars, horns, hand drums, keyboards. Some chat with those doing the fiddling. And others don't do much of anything...

    by Michael Roberts on January 10, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Spencer Bohren, Saturday, January 13, at Swallow Hill Music Hall, is a former Fort Collins resident (he now lives in Casper, Wyoming) whose latest album, Present Tense, finds him doing what he's done for the past quarter-century: paying tribute to Am...

    by Linda Gruno on January 10, 1996
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    RIGHT HAHN

    As a result of his late-Sixties recordings and collaborations with onetime Charles Mingus sideman John Handy and vibraphonist Gary Burton, guitarist Jerry Hahn is seen as a springboard for an entire crop of jazz strummers--Pat Metheny, John Abercromb...

    by Susan Froyd on January 10, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Warren Zevon, Monday, January 15, at the Bluebird Theater, has a sense of humor twisted enough to appreciate the downturn in his commercial fortunes. Appearing on the scene with a self-titled album in 1976, Zevon burned brighter than almost any of hi...

    by Michael Roberts on January 10, 1996
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    HERE'S PROGRESS FOR YOU

    "Everybody in the band has different tastes," confides Tim Cloherty, singer and chief songwriter for SoHo pop group the Rake's Progress. "So when we write songs, we just sort of throw all the ingredients together into a big Rake's Progress casserole ...

    by Brad Jones on January 3, 1996
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    SPECIAL EFX - DAS EFX TRIES TO KEEP IT GOING THREE YEARS DOWN THE ROAD.

    In the pop-music universe, three years is a long time--but not that long. A megahit album can keep spewing singles for much of that span, and even groups who have achieved more moderate success with their debuts can put off their sophomore efforts fo...

    by Michael Roberts on January 3, 1996
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    HIT PICK

    Bleecker Street, Friday, January 5, at Cheers, is one of those bands that's easy to overlook; its predominant qualities (reliability, good fellowship, fine musicianship) don't always grab listeners the way they should. But Ben Stevens, Washboard Chaz...

    by Michael Roberts on January 3, 1996
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Steve Forbert, Tuesday, January 9, at the Little Bear in Evergreen, enjoyed a brief vogue in the late Seventies and early Eighties: He earned ecstatic reviews for his first album (1978's Alive on Arrival), a hit single, "Romeo's Tune," from his secon...

    by Michael Roberts on January 3, 1996
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    MOTHER KNOWS BEST

    If it's true what they say about nice guys finishing last, the members of Denver-based Carolyn's Mother won't be crossing the finish line anytime soon. After musing that they might be too inoffensive to get noticed, vocalist Rhett Lee says, "We're go...

    by Susan Dunlap on January 3, 1996
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    THE GOODS - THERE WEREN'T THOUSANDS OF FIRST-RATE RECORDS RELEASED IN 1995. BUT THERE WERE NINETY.

    part 1 of 2 Far be it from us to contradict Frank Sinatra, but in many ways, it was not a very good year. Commercial music stagnated to a large degree during the past twelve months. While a few new and exciting artists appeared on the national s...

    by Michael Roberts on December 27, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Ozzy Osbourne, with Korn, Monday, December 31, at McNichols Arena, has reneged on his retirement, and who can blame him? During his gory days with Black Sabbath, he was routinely pilloried by social watchdog groups, and his music was sneeringly regar...

    by Michael Roberts on December 27, 1995
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    THE GOODS

    part 2 of 2 FOLK Arcady, Many Happy Returns A lot of Irish music is dour; its obsession with questions of mortality and faith can constitute too much baggage for the average Joe. But you'll get none of that from Arcady. This is a dance band, alb...

    by Michael Roberts on December 27, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Brethren Fast, Saturday, December 30, at Cricket on the Hill, is well named. The threesome is built on the guitar of Don Messina and bass-ic thumping by his brother Mik. Likewise, the tempos they utilize most often are quick, quicker and quickest. So...

    by Michael Roberts on December 27, 1995
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    WALKER ON THE WILD SIDE

    Musically speaking, Gregory Walker is a hard man to figure out. And he's not about to make things any simpler by explaining himself. "Well, I'll start off with this disclaimer," he says. "For some reason--maybe it's narcissism--I love to hear peo...

    by Linda Gruno on December 20, 1995
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    HIT PICK

    Foreskin 500, Tuesday, December 26, at the Bluebird Theater, should shake you out of the post-holiday doldrums. The boys, who've been known to air out their private parts in public a time or two, are working on their second album for the Basura impri...

    by Michael Roberts on December 20, 1995
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    CRITIC'S CHOICE

    Spell, with Fox Force 5, Friday, December 22, at the Bluebird Theater, hasn't achieved the national breakthrough for which many locals were hoping: The band's 1994 bow for Island Records, Mississippi, was first-rate, but it got lost in the avalanche ...

    by Michael Roberts on December 20, 1995
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